Even though I write a beauty blog, and have more makeup than ever in my vanity (not trying to brag), at the end of 2014, I found myself wearing less makeup than ever. Tinted moisturizer? Out. Eyeshadow? Too much effort. Bronzer? Nope. Lipstick? Only when going out. Continue reading MAKE UP FOR EVER // GRAPHIC LINER
I used to use Maybelline’s Master Drama, and I’m telling you this stuff is most pigmented liner ever, which made it so effortless to apply. But what good is a defined black line if within 4 hours it’s faded and transferred under your eye? So, unwilling to shell out the $$ for a high-end eyeliner, I returned to the drug store with my best-friend (also having the same dilemma), kind of clueless. After searching around while simultaneously searching up the reviews of each product on our phones, we were pretty sure this Rimmel liner was our best bet. The pigmentation cannot beat the Maybellines’, but with a little more effort and time, I’m left with a line that stays. And, it does stick to the waterproof promise. So overall, such a great drugstore find.
This is probably the best eyeliner pencil I have ever used–and I’ve used a lot of them. It works better than any waterproof pencil I’ve tried (Lise Watier, Make Up Forever). The colour doesn’t fade and it’s smudgy enough that you can get in-between the lashes, or create a smoky eye, but so long-wearing that it won’t budge at all. I use this highly-pigmented black as a layer underneath my liquid eyeliner for more staying power and depth when I know I’m going out or need a stronger look that will last. While it’s a bit pricier than the Rimmel, the colour is so strong that you barely need to touch your eyelid and you have a super strong black–in other words: this pencil will last you forever.
–Amanda Raponi & Anna Raponi
Illustration by Hergé
Hypnôse Velours: These are what look like eyeliner tattoos. If you are a girl who can’t keep her hand steady, but is just dying for a touch of drama this winter, these are foolproof. You just stick these on as close to your natural lashline as possible, and voilà! Perfect eyeliner. People will be in awe at your skill. If you’re a bit nervous about stickers for both the upper and lower lashes, split them up! These can be reused up to three times. These would be perfect for any glamorous Christmas or New Years’ party. Since not all eyes are alike, be sure to have a black eyeliner on hand to fill in any gaps.
Highlighter Rose Etincelle: Essentially, any young girl’s fantasy makeup powder (my 12-year old self would apply this all over my face). For those who need a highlighter, this is extremely good value, the compact is really quite large, and the frosty pink pearlescent glitter is quite concentrated. Apply to the tops of the cheekbones, the browbone, inner corners of the eyes, and the top of the cupid’s bow for an illuminated look, or, if you want to go full snow queen, you could apply it as eyeshadow and to your decolleté.
Vernis in Love in Flacon Blanc Noel: This nail polish looks like my 90’s tween glitter fantasy in a bottle, but in fact, it gives off more of a subtle matte-textured glitter look, following right along with the texture trend of the moment. Snowflakes for your fingers!